DETAIL + DEPTH | This week's Peak Pose is a complex, asymmetrical pose. Asymmetrical poses tend to be less accessible than symmetrical poses, particularly for beginners and those learning to feel and move their body. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana 1 consists of:
•Knee flexion, external rotation, and hip flexion with the front leg
•Hip extension and knee flexion with the back leg
•Shoulder extension and elbow flexion
Start this practice with an attainable, symmetrical pose like Baddha Konasana. This version is done on a chair to receive back support through the back bar, when seated upright. One can also get a similar benefit against the wall. The added height of taking the pose from the chair seat, however, offers a welcome feeling of flight, while bringing the hands on blocks and adding flexion to the pose initially increases the difficulty. Work to keep the inner feet/big toe mounds pushing into one another, as to train the foot and inner leg for what will be beneficial in the peak pose, One-Legged King Pigeon Pose. For those with a lot of flexibility, press the tailbone forward and gently lift the pubic bone. If appropriate, continue in stages by adding pelvic flexion and bringing the hands onto blocks. Stay and breathe.
© 2018 Ellen Huang Saltarelli
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